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Latin American Alfajores - Caramel Cookies

Alfajores are a traditional dulce de leche sandwich cookie found in many Latin American countries. These cookies typically made of flour, honey, and nuts can be found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Southern Brazil, Southern France, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. These butter cookie sandwiches with a dulce de leche filling are divine! Caramelizing sweetened condensed milk gives the filling richness, and rolling the finished sandwich cookies in coconut and nuts makes them pretty. 

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Prep time: 20 mins.
Cook time: 12 mins.
Total time: 47 mins.
Servings: 10 caramel cookies

What you need


1 1/2 cups of wheat flour (180 g)
1/2 cup of cornstarch (60 g)
8 tablespoons of butter (112 g)
1 egg (50g)
5 tablespoons of arequipe (Dulce de leche) (75 g)
1/2 cup of dehydrated coconut (40 g)

How to prepare


1 STEP 1 Heat the oven

Heat the oven to 350°F 10 minutes before preparation.

2 STEP 2 Start the preparation of the dough

In a bowl place the wheat flour together with the cornstarch and the margarine cut into cubes, rub the ingredients with your hands until they form a sandy texture.

3 STEP 3 Finish the dough

Add the LA LECHERA® CONDENSED MILK, the egg, the vanilla essence and knead but not too much until you achieve a homogeneous texture.

4 STEP 4 Portions

Place the dough on a floured counter, with a rolling pin spread to 1/2 centimeter thick, then with a small round cutter cut circles separating in pairs.

5 STEP 5 Bake

Place on a tray and bake at 350°F for 12 minutes, then remove and let cool.

6 STEP 5 Assemble the alfajores

When the cookies are cold, with the help of a teaspoon, spread one of the sides with arequipe, paste with the other side, spread the edges a little and roll in dehydrated coconut to adhere.

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